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  • Advice on looper pedals

    Posted by GerryB56 on December 22, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Hoping some of you TAC fam folks with looper pedal experience will offer some advice on choosing one of these devices. I’ve been aware of their existence for awhile, but only now am I thinking it might be very helpful to get one.

    Watching Paul Davids and some other sights on YouTube I’ve learned some of the cool things they can be used for. One model that intrigues me is the Electro-Harmonix 720 – possibly more pedal than I need right now, but I’d rather go for more than a basic model so I don’t regret missing some of the features not offered on those ones.

    If there’s one area of my guitar journey that needs the most help, it would be my timing, and I gather that loopers can greatly assist in honing that for us.

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 3 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • JeffM.22

    December 24, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    @GerryB56 The Ditto loopers are popular with a number of models. A few of TAC’ers and JMG’s, including me, have the TC Helicon Play Acoustic pedal. It is a multi function pedal with a looper. Both of these are readily available on the used markets. I don’t have any experience with the model you reference.

    Unfortunately with most loopers, you cannot store your creations. My experience is that the timing is an added challenge.

  • N-lightMike

    December 24, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Hey @GerryB56 ;

    I gonna answer your question the best I can in spite of the fact that I have zero experience with a looper. Well, I guess that can’t be true by definition, so let me say: zero experience using the amazing looper I have.

    The best looper, not the most expensive and not the one with the most functions, is what I bought. I have the Singular Sound Aeros Loop Station. Check it out. It’s amazing. I also have the Midi Maestro and the Beat Buddy. You don’t need all 3, but together, they are hands down the best looper. But even just the Aeros Loop Station by itself, I think, is the best designed for doing loops. You can take it as far as you want.

    The problem is, I have never gotten into using it. Not because it’s not as simple as the simple ones, but because I just don’t bother with more “stuff” than I need when I want to pick up my guitar and mess around. I spend my time doing lessons with Tony, or finding a cool rhythm and chord progression for a new song, or learning to play my original songs.

    One day, I may go farther into other areas, like recording using my DAW, or doing videos using my Video Editor, or using my bass and jembe drum to do tracks, or using my TC Helicon Play Acoustic to experiment with adding effects to my songs, and of course, there is my looper and drum machine. The best looper and the best drum machine on the market. That’s why I haven’t sold them even though I’ve had them for 2 years and never did more than figure out how to hook them up and get them working. Then I just quit.

    I have considered selling them several times, but if I do, I will never replace them. I’m just not sure that I will ever choose to do more than use an unaltered acoustic guitar and my unaltered voice.

    I don’t know if this is helpful at all. But that’s my experience with a looper. Now, you use electric guitars, and I sold all my electric guitars. So, we don’t approach our respective guitar journeys in the same way.

    My advice, if you are really gonna do looping, is get an inexpensive, simple looper. Like the most basic Ditto looper. It’s amazing what you can do with that. Some of the most proficient player that use loopers just use a really simple one. Get started with that. Learn to use it. I know it seems like it would make more sense to buy a better one out of the gate, but I tend to believe the advice to start small.

    Anyway, good luck. Let us know how your “looper” journey goes.

    MG 😀

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